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- ASIN : B00L0O0Q9K
- Publication date : June 14, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3429 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,818 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At forty-two years old, Jade Richmond has been promoted to a member of the executive team for a Fortune 500 company located in Chicago, Illinois. She has worked extremely hard to achieve success in her career, while also striving to remain ethical in her business practices. To those on the outside, Jade seems to have everything she could ever hope for out of life. But if you could look closely into her expressive green eyes, you would realize Jade is hiding the truth of her reality deep inside.
As a reviewer, I have chosen not to reveal much of the plot due to the way the layers of the story unfold. Instead, I choose to share my thoughts and feelings about Insipid. Christine Brae immediately pulled me into the story. In many ways, I was able to make a connection to the protagonist. I am around the same age as Jade Richmond and have had a successful career at the same company for nearly 25 years. I have been married for over 20 years, and my children are now adults. There have been moments during my life where I have felt I was just going through the motions. I think everyone experiences these types of feelings on occasions, so it was easy for me to step into the pages of the novel and place myself into Jade's situation.
It is hard to explain the overwhelming feelings that came over me while reading Insipid. I experienced so many different emotions, crying tears of sadness and joy on occasions. There were moments that I felt anger and shock. I was delighted at times, confused at times. But with the confusion came clarity. Although the circumstances surrounding my life helped me connect with the story and protagonist, I also believe this author has strength in the ability to tell a story. Insipid truly has one of the most beautiful endings that I have ever read. I was so impressed with the way that Christine Brae brought closure to Jade Richmond's story.
Insipid seems to be a combination of the contemporary romance and women's fiction genres. It does not follow what I consider to be the typical pattern for a romance novel, so you will want to keep this in mind if you choose to read this novel. It is a very unique story, full of wisdom and takeaways. It is also very apparent to me that Christine Brae poured her heart into this novel. Because this story is so different, I realize that it may not be for everyone, but I want people to know that I absolutely enjoyed it! I am giving Christine Brae's Insipid 5 stars!
There are several other elements of this book that really stand out for me as well. First, the portrayal of Jade's world of finance and deal-making. Many writers attempt to depict this world - there's no shortage of sexy CEO's, bad-ass billionaires, and make-believe moguls in the realm of romance and women's fiction. But few, if any, have the verisimilitude and believability of Christine's portrayal of Jade's world. From the boardroom encounters to the painstaking process of document review, her familiarity with the setting, and her ease at recreating it bring the background to life.
Another element I loved is the way Christine uses the seasons and elements of the natural world as metaphors. Okay, that's maybe not the most original thing in the world, but that's a fault more of my description, because her use of it is fresh and always apropos. Allusions to the natural world enhance the emotional impact of the story, as well as move the narrative along.
Finally, I want to just touch briefly on Christine's eloquent style - she has a lovely gift for a memorable insightful phrase that lights up the story like brief flashes of lightning. You'll find your highlighting finger working overtime as you discover them. Here's an early on example that draws in the seasons, too:
I found love in the summer and then lost it in the spring. I cried myself to sleep in the winter and froze my heart with the soft tumble of the snow.
Lovely, really. And although at this point in the book it's just foreshadowing, it serves a narrative as well as poetic purpose.
Christine's skill as a storyteller and writer has matured with each of her novels, and here in Insipid she has really hit her stridee. I urge you to enjoy the sometimes bittersweet, but always artful pleasure that Insipid affords.
Top reviews from other countries
The book was divided into three parts. The second part was actually the most exciting one. Part one and three were dragging and a constant back and forth between the characters.
The female heroine, Jade, is 42 and has a successful career. She is super materialistic (buys Louis Vuitton purses because it’s the new collection, she buys lingerie for $1000 etc.) which I didn't like at all(oh and she is also depressed)!!! I am happy that she has so much money and that she is successful in her career and that she can afford all this stuff but do you have to be that snobbish?! There was one scene in the beginning in which she was sitting in the train. She was sitting there and judged other women because they wore less fancy clothes than her. They apparently weren’t as successful as her. So what?! What is her problem? Her love interest, a 33-year old Spaniard called Lucas, is materialistic, too. It is an endless back and forth between these two. It was so so tiring… They both know each other for all of 5 minutes but basically declare their love for each other. Then Jade breaks up with him only to call him back two weeks later, only to run away and break up with him again, only to see him again, only to leave him again. And it goes on and on and on. Then she meets her high school sweetheart, Chris, and gets back together with him, although she can’t stop thinking about Lucas. She is about to marry Chris but cheats on him with Lucas on their engagement party! Funny thing: 19 years ago Chris cheated on Jade with a blonde girl named Katy. Ob boy! These people were adults and they acted like teens. You would think a 42 year old woman, knows what she wants but nope! She can’t seem to make up her mind about Chris, about Lucas, about life in general. Of course Jade has a troubled past (duh!!) and that’s the reason she acted that way.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in this book. This was without a doubt one of the worst books I've ever read...
INSIPID racconta la battaglia di Jade contro una spirale di accadimenti negativi, tutti convergenti verso una possibile catastrofe, ma ci mostra anche l'accidentato percorso verso la felicità che intraprende tra mille dubbi e perplessità. Il suo lavoro, i suoi genitori, i pochissimi amici sono diventati il fulcro della sua vita affettiva, e Jade pensa di cavarsela benissimo. Sarà anche così, finché un uomo meravigliosamente bello entra a far parte della sua vita e la costringe a riflettere sulle sue priorità. Il sex-appeal di Luke da subito, il suo carattere amichevole poi, stravolgono completamente il mondo ben organizzato di Jade, al punto che l'intensità dei sentimenti che prova per quest'uomo la spinge a voler chiudere definitivamente con il suo doloroso passato e a desiderare intensamente un futuro pieno di felicità con lui.
INSIPID è un romanzo assolutamente ispirato, fantastico e meraviglioso,c'e di che scegliere. Il Prologo mi ha quasi distrutto; lo sforzo costante di Jade nel tenere i suoi demoni sotto controllo è straziante e il suo schiudersi al sentimento non accade in una notte, è un lento processo a singhiozzo il più delle volte. Forse sono io, riesco a relazionarmi di più con personaggi femminili quarantenni che non con giovani fanciulle ventenni alle prese con i dolori del loro primo amore, ma credo che Jade sia uno dei caratteri più psicologicamente consistenti in cui mi sia capitato di imbattermi. Le sue scelte di vita saranno discutibili a volte, ma il suo impegno nel 'fare ammenda' non può che suscitare una tenerezza infinita.
E se una storia avvincente e coinvolgente non fosse già sufficiente, questo romanzo presenta tutta la competenza 'tecnica' di Christine Brae: il ritmo narrativo è impeccabile (salti temporali compresi); l'uso del linguaggio figurato e degli espedienti narrativi non mai banale.... e poi sa davvero usare le parole! ci sono dozzine di frasi memorabili che evidenziano i pensieri e le azioni dei personaggi
Gli altri due libri di Christine Brae, The Light in the Wound e His Wounded Light, sono buone letture, però INSIPID, secondo me, è il suo libro migliore. Ma forse è il mio debole per gli affascinati 'sex talker' a parlare.